Eric “alwaysliquid” Vanauken on Becoming a partypoker US Stud w/ Multiple B2B Wins
When it comes to licensed, regulated online poker in the United States, one of the major plays is the partypoker US Online Network in New Jersey. The network is comprised of three platforms – partypoker US, Borgata Poker and BetMGM Poker.
At least once a month, the network plays host to a partypoker US Online Network series, including one happening right now that is being live reported here on PokerNews. It’s during these online series that some players are making a name for themselves, including Eric “alwaysliquid” Vanauken, who in the last two series accomplished the incredible feat of capturing back-to-back titles not once, but twice.
In the July 6-12 series, Vanauken topped a 134-entry field to win Event #4: $15,000 GTD NLH for nearly $7,500, and then the next night bested 144 runners to win Event #5: $,7500 GTD Green Chip Bounty for $3,145. Then, at the end of July, he won the $320 buy-in Event #3: $15,000 GTD PKO Bounty for $6,393 and a day later emerged victorious in the $215 buy-in Event #4: $12,000 GTD PKO Bounty Boost for $5.691.
PokerNews recently had the chance to chat with Vanauken about his recent successes.
Money Never Sleeps
For the 43-year-old Vanauken, who is married with three kids ages 7, 10, and 19, he’s never really had a nine-to-five job. Instead, he fancies himself a real estate broker engaging in flips and investments while playing poker on the side of course.
“I first learned playing $4/$8 limit at Foxwoods in early 2000 and now play now $20/$40 and $30/$60 when I can find a game, or settle on $1/$2 or $2/$5 NLH," he said. "I have played the WSOP Main Event two times with no luck busting on Day 2 both times.”
“I am humbled to be able to compete with all of the great players in New Jersey."
Additionally, Vanauken grinds a decent amount on the virtual tables under the screen name “alwaysliquid,” which stems from the movie Wall Street when Gordon Gekko tells Bud Fox about how money never sleeps and you need to always be liquid.
“Since New Jersey went legal I play on Borgata and WSOP. I used to play PokerStars but had an issue with them over a year ago and have since boycotted them. I do very well on Borgata. I even shipped the Mega Thursday [not long ago] on my phone from an Applebee’s parking lot as I had no WiFi at home due to power outage.”
As for his recent successes on partypoker US, Vanauken was pleased but wanted to remain humble.
“I am humbled to be able to compete with all of the great players in New Jersey,” he said. “I’m proud that all of my studying and grinding has been producing favorable results in the past few years, taking me from an average breakeven player to a profitable one. At the same time, I try to maintain being humble with this great game and what it has provided for me and my family.”
Proudest Poker Accomplishments
For Vanauken, the scores rank up there among his proudest poker accomplishments, which includes beating a poker legend.
“In 2013, I beat Joe McKeehen for the Borgata Limit Championship,” Vanauken said. “I think that was the last limit event held at Borgata.”
Other highlights on his poker résumé include finishing sixth in the 2018 WSOP Circuit at Canada’s Playground Poker Club and finishing runner-up in a pair of WSOP Circuit online events back in March.
“So close to a ring but the two cashes of $35k and $20k within a few days definitely eased the quarantine pain,” Vanauken said.
With a new partypoker US Network Online Series happening now, only time will tell if Vanauken can keep his streak of winning back-to-back events alive.
*Lead image c/o Playground Poker Club.